The Australian Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) has presented a new graphene-aluminium-ion battery that is supposed to charge 60 times faster than current lithium-ion batteries. Initially, the cell chemistry is to be used in coin cells, but from as early as 2024 it will also be used for pouch cells in electric cars.
Talga Resources from Australia say they managed to mix enough graphene into concrete to make it conducive, meaning it could build roads able to charge an electric car while driving. Their concept is not entirely new but their foray into global markets is.
The U.S. firm 2050 Motors has made a large investment in Graphene Future, buying up 20% of their stock. The specialty firm has invented an industrial process to produce graphene that is said to be both cheap and environmentally friendly.
Daimler to modernise main plant: The Mercedes motor plant in Untertürkheim, Germany, will be converted into a competence centre for CO2-efficient technologies like hybrid drivetrains and the production of fuel cell systems. The modernisation is expected to take a few years and will cost multiple billion euros, but will bring down production costs by 2020. daimler.com (in German), just-auto.com
Fuel cells function better with flaws: U.S. researchers found that naturally occurring defects in graphene allow protons travel through it more easily. The discovery could help develop more efficient fuel cells with graphene membranes more quickly. greencarcongress.com, eurekalert.org
Investment round: Magnomatics, a spin-out from the University of Sheffield, UK, has received a total of 2 million pounds from two investors. The money will be used to commercialise the company’s Magsplit transmission for hybrid electric vehicle manufacturers. yorkshirepost.co.uk
Li-S findings: Researchers from Drexel University and Aix-Marseille University have found a two-dimensional carbon/sulphur (C/S) nanolaminate material. The mix is said to make a promising material for cathodes of Lithium-Sulphur batteries. eurekalert.org, greencarcongress.com
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Most clicked link on Wednesday was Nissan’s announcement that it will delay the BladeGlider sports car project indefinitely. autocar.co.uk
Flood-proof electric car: Japanese company Fomm has developed a water-resistant electric car which in case of an emergency would be able to float and even move thanks to water-jet generators. Also, with only 2.49 metres in length the manufacturer claims that the ‘Concept One’ is the world’s smallest electric 4-seater. Prices will start at 1 million yen (9,800 dollars, battery excluded). technologicvehicles.com
Keeping cool: Johnson Controls, the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and its Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) want to develop a new cooling system for EV-batteries. Initially, the trio will focus on a 48-volt micro-hybrid battery. automotive-business-review.com, electriccarsreport.com
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Two ENGEL moulding machines for BMW: The two large-scale machines will be delivered to BMW’s production plant in Leipzig, where the same technology is already being used to manufacture body shell components for the BMW i3. Both machines can be synchronised to produce identical components at the same time, ensuring the same material aging process. greencarcongress.com, electriccarsreport.com
Superconducting graphene: Researchers at Stanford University and University College of London (UCL) have discovered that graphene in combination with calcium turns into a superconductor. When studying samples of CaC6, they found that the interaction between the two is what increases conductivity. greencarcongress.com